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Rouleur Derby Report No. 62

Thursday, July 26, 2012

In this Rouleur Derby Report:

1. Tour de France wrap-up

2. Olympics

3. And beyond



Bradley Wiggins wasn't the only one to benefit from Chris Froome this month: Chicago's own Dingbat got a boost himself having put 50 points on Froome to show at the Tour de France. With a 30-1 final payout, Dingbat netted 1,450 points, and thanks to some other shrewd bets ended up with a 132 percent return on investment from the Tour. That just beat out the 126 percent return of Zens and was good for our $75 Tour de France prize.

With Wiggins a 2.9-1 payout going in, there ended up not being a lot of surprises during the Tour, so I hope you all were as delighted as I was when the "Will there be a dog-, horse- or livestock-related crash?" rang true on Stage 18. Even though it was even odds, that may have been the race's most exciting result, and our bookies are already calculated the morning line for this 2013 proposition: Will Philippe Gilbert make a 10-year-old girl cry?

Congratulations to Dingbat, and thanks to everyone for playing with me this year.


On to London! There are four propositions available: Two for Saturday's road race, one for Sunday's women's race and then finally Wednesday's time trial. Great Britain is currently a prohibitive favorite in the men's race, but perhaps even without teammates Peter Sagan will survive Box Hill better and freelance his way to a win?

As always, the deadline to bet is midnight Chicago-time before each race. Although there is no separate prize for the Olympics, any gains will count toward the overall $285 prize at the end of the season.



Stay tuned for more exciting action in August with the Tour of Utah and the Vuelta a Espana, for which there is a $50 prize.

Have fun, play well, tell a friend,